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What A Week!!!

Alrighty, here we go. So on Monday we had a great p-day doing some super cool stuff and then at the end of p-day I was thinking I should do something super cool before I have the possibility of getting transferred. So I decided to jump this huge drainage canal thing that runs through our area, and so of course I did it, knowing it may not be the smartest. Right when I landed I thought that I broke both my heels haha, so then we went to two lessons that night and I was struggling to get even just to and from the car and at one point I even had the member that came with us give me a piggy back ride to the truck. so that was a fun day. Turns out I didn't break my heels but I did like super stretch a few of my tendons! I'm almost back to 100% though so we're good. But then on Tuesday I got a call from president and he asked me to train and be a district leader in..... Highpoint aurora!! That's where I was a year ago February when I trained last time!! I was so excited and …
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Transfers!!

Okay, so my title was a little deceiving because transfers aren't until thursday... so you'll actually hear about transfers next week. but this week we got to have interviews with president Savage which is always fun. I love our interviews with him because he just teaches so much in such a short amount of time. He helps me learn how to help the other missionaries and how to help myself. At one point in the interview he threw in the phrase (as he was telling me things I needed to do)  "correct more" and i asked why i needed to correct more (like correct other missionaries with obedience) and he just said that its because I've been out long enough that they will listen and respect my input. So then my follow up question was how do I correct without feeling like I'm pulling a mote out of someones eye while I have a beam in mine, and this is where he taught a cool principle. He said "because you're a leader." I thought this was really neat because h…

General Conference

Well wasn't this just a fantastic weekend full of wonderful talks and personal inspiration!
I think one of my favorite things is seeing what other people think the entire general conference was about because so many people have different answers because they needed different thinks and asked different questions therefore they looked for different answers. The most powerful part of general conference (in my opinion) is the part that our hearts take away. The things that we take away from conference and apply to our lives will bless us. The blessings we receive from adding more diligence and faith to our lives is undeniable, its powerful and these blessings touch not only us but our loved ones and they drive us to become better in order to receive more blessings from The Almighty God. I personally went to conference with one of my questions being how to make sure the things I learn on my mission truly change my heart before I go home and not just my mind which can be easily changed.…

Miracles Out The Wazoo... and Some Not Miracles

Okay I'll start with the part of the week where we made a really stupid mistake without thinking about it so that you can get the making fun of me out of the way..
So one lovely day I found a super cool old school road bike in good condition just sitting in a dumpster so I took it! And then after lunch we decided to ride our bikes so that we could try out this super neat road bike. So we were just riding along on our way to an appointment and then the chain on my other bike fell off and so we stopped to put it back on, and this random dude pulled over to help--very kind of him by the way. He asked who we were, so we told him we were missionaries (which we are just in case you didn't know) and he asked what we were out doing and so we told him we were on our way to teach someone about Christ.... and guess what he said! He asked if he could tag along because he's never talked to missionaries and he wanted to learn about Christ. So of course we said he could come along becaus…

The Spirit of The Lord

I think its so cool how powerful the Holy Ghost can be in our lives if we choose to let it. We have had 3 firesides in the last 5 weeks where we have sung two songs as a mission choir and the first one was amazing, the 2nd one (last week) was pretty pitiful and just didn't sound very good for some reason and so just yesterday we had another one and President Savage told us while we were practicing that we needed to pray for angels to sing with us and for the spirit to lift us and our voices in ways that we can't ourselves. You guys know how awful of a singer I am and I'm not sure the spirit was able to make me a much better singer, but because of the spirit that we felt we were able to bear testimony through the songs we sang and which brought such a strong sense of truth to the words we sang and it made those who were listening feel such peace and truth through the spirit. In fact many people came up to us and would tell us how special it was to see all these missionaries…

Crowned With Blessings and Commandments Not A Few

So I wanted to talk a little bit about the blessings that I have received from obedience to the simple but many commandments given to full-time missionaries. President Fuller asked me to share some of these experiences for the mission prep class but I also think it is a wonderful thing to let all of you see. In the Book of Mormon we learn all over the place that if we keep the commandments then we will prosper in the land. So at the first of my mission I felt that I was trying my best to learn the principles and doctrines of the Gospel but I wasn't trying my best to be strictly obedient to the little rules, but after a few short months I learned the importance of obedience and not just to what I like but strict obedience to all the laws that God has given me. Something that Ezra Taft Benson taught describes what being obedient did for me.

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their…

Well Hello There

This week was crazy! I'll start off with transfers. 12 out of 16 missionaries in our stake got transferred and Elder Hills and I are 2 of the 4 that stayed. But now we have a whole new zone to work with and become friends with... and I don't really know any of them. 

But now for the miracles! So on sunday last week this lady named jenifer came to church and she stayed the whole time and then told us she wasn't a member and would like to meet with us, so we met with her twice this week and she told us she wants to be baptized and be a part of what she sees. She's now preparing to be baptized on the 24th!! Second miracle--On friday we got a call from some missionaries in salt lake and they said they had a referral for us who wants to be baptized and so we met with her yesterday and brought some members and she was so ready and so prepared to learn truth and simple principles of the gospel and she is also preparing now to be baptized on the 24th. So those were some amazin…